Documenting Sources - MLA Format

CCBC is supporting both the 7th and the 8th editions of MLA in the Spring Semester of 2017. Please see the MLA 8 link below for more information about the new edition.

Citation Basics: MLA Style
To document the facts and ideas that you find and use in your research, create a list of sources of information (works) cited and a series of references that indicate which facts and ideas came from which source (in-text parenthetical citations). The Modern Language Association (MLA) style of documentation is widely used in the United States.


Works Cited Basics:
  • Double space all lines within and between entries. (The examples provided in the link below are single spaced to save space).
  • Indent one-half inch (5 spaces) before the second and all subsequent lines in the citation.
  • Include all sources actually cited in your paper.
  • If no author is listed, begin the citation with the title.
  • The first word in the title and the first letter of all major words in the title are capitalized.
  • Arrange the completed citations in one list, each item in alphabetical order by the author’s last name. If there is no author, alphabetize by title.
  • Abbreviate the names of all months except May, June and July.
  • Indicate missing information with n. pag. (no pagination), n.p. (no publisher) or n.d. (no date).
  • All citations end with a period.
  • Caution: Citations provided by databases are not always correct. Verify for accuracy.

Formats and examples of citations, 7th Edition

Formats and examples of citations, 8th Edition